Category Archives: Music

Cary Balsano, Horizon. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

Despite it being engrained deeply into our D.N.A., we seem collectively to have lost sight of an ideal to which humanity once aspired to with every breath taken and with beat of pulse that ran through our body. Whether individually it matters is one thing, but as a group, as a society, we seem to have lost the ability in many respects to open up our minds to new adventures, to push back the boundaries in our own lives as well as those around us, we have lost sight of the next Horizon to conquer, to flourish within and make this world just a little nicer for those yet to come.

Paul Dunbar & The Black Winter Band, Made My Peace With You. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * * *

Winter is upon us, the dark nights have crawled in, the fog of uncertainty has become a more dangerous proposition and the furious and the disenchanted have taken root inside the minds of all who consider scorn and unwarranted cynicism a viable solution to the problems that we face together. It is in that almost unshakable nihilism that the brightness of a single star can be seen as a wonder, that to find a reason to show the sneering and the put down merchants why exactly you should be able to say calmly the words, Made My Peace With You, without stooping to their level.

Leaves’ Eyes, Sign Of The Dragonhead. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

Some genres, some bands, just suit the epic perfectly. Place the right set of songs into the setting that befits them and stories can appear in the listener’s minds without even realising it. The grandeur, the history of the piece discussed, the musical offering becomes a blockbuster which goes beyond the heroic and becomes a symphony to the exploits of humanity, the adventures, the sagas.

Deinonychus, Ode To Acts Of Murder, Dystopia And Suicide. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

We are fascinated, as a society by the macabre, the acts of the Penny Dreadful and the interest in the disturbing and shocking actions of Government, disaster, horror and the pain received. We eat up these visual and aural stories, we soak in them as Lady Bathory would in the blood of her victims, we seek further information about the grizzly and it becomes a conversation piece when news relayed of the passing of someone in a ghoulish or morbid manner; no matter how refined or undaunted by the ghastly we believe we are, there is nothing quite like an Ode To Acts Of Murder, Dystopia and Suicide to get the blood pumping.

Orkestra Del Sol, Gross National Happiness. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

It is funny how a nation’s wealth can be calculated, the national output determining just highly thought of a country is. It must be doing well goes the thought, for the economics say it is, and yet what comes scandalously lower down the list is the contentment in our lot, the thought that at one time we were not as tied to the system as we have shamefully become, that we are not nuts and bolts in a bloated capitalist machine.

Bill Feehely, Money & Love. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

The world runs on them both, a hidden clock ticking over and over again in our hearts and in the bills we have to pay. Money & Love, you can live without either but the fun of life is somewhat limited, it is incomplete and hardly worth a jot. We even wish that money was not important, that somehow we could be decent human beings and find a way to devise a system that did not reward some and punish others just for the family or circumstance they were born into.

Hobgoblin Music, 40 Years. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

We are told as children that in the woods live all manner of creatures and furry things with ears, beings that will eat us up if we stray from the path, that they will snatch us, make us disappear and end up in the broth boiling away in the middle of the woods. There are those creatures though that despite the initial fear of what lays beyond, have only your best interests at heart.

The Small Faces, There Are But Four Small Faces. Album Re-Issue Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

It is a task that not even the once King of Ephyra would have considered a viable option in return for rolling a large, round stone ball up a hill and trying to balance it before it fell down the other side and Sisyphus smacked his head in frustration; such punishment is cruel, unusual and points the way to the unwary and the innocent to be aware.

Sue Hedges, Strong. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

Sue Hedges has never been known for hiding in the corner, confidence, preparation and a voice that knows how to box the ears of those whose ignorance betrays them. Strong is as strong does, it is alright to appear so but you must have the compassion that goes along with it and as the listener takes in Ms. Hedges’ new album, one thought makes itself known, that this could be regarded as the next peak to be scaled and one brilliantly traversed.

Little Sparrow, Tender. Single Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

If we are fortunate in life then we will have experienced love as both the person adored and the one who has feels their heart pound faster when near the person who makes them special; if we prosperous in love then we have been so close to a family member that to be without them is the hardest emotion to bare.

We know we can rely on them just for a kind word when the going gets tough, we can give them a hug without seeking permission, even when the moment isn’t right, we can miss a smile, the smell, the look, the worn out jumper they used to wear as a second skin, we miss them because our Tender hearts are only human.